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How Good is Your English?
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How Good is Your English?
Alright, the challenge? Read these out loud without screwing up... good luck! (I failed miserably...)

"The Pronunciation Test"

Dearest creature in creation,

Study English pronunciation.

I will teach you in my verse

Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.

I will keep you, Suzy, busy,

Make your head with heat grow dizzy.

Tear in eye, your dress will tear.

So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.

Just compare heart, beard, and heard,

Dies and diet, lord and word,

Sword and sward, retain and Britain.

(Mind the latter, how it's written.)

Now I surely will not plague you

With such words as plaque and ague.

But be careful how you speak:

Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;

Cloven, oven, how and low,

Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.


Hear me say, devoid of trickery,

Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,

Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,

Exiles, similes, and reviles;

Scholar, vicar, and cigar,

Solar, mica, war and far;

One, anemone, Balmoral,

Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;

Gertrude, German, wind and mind,

Scene, Melpomene, mankind.


Billet does not rhyme with ballet,

Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.

Blood and flood are not like food,

Nor is mould like should and would.

Viscous, viscount, load and broad,

Toward, to forward, to reward.

And your pronunciation's OK

When you correctly say croquet,

Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,

Friend and fiend, alive and live.


Ivy, privy, famous; clamour

And enamour rhyme with hammer.

River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,

Doll and roll and some and home.

Stranger does not rhyme with anger,

Neither does devour with clangour.

Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,

Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,

Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,

And then singer, ginger, linger,

Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,

Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.


Query does not rhyme with very,

Nor does fury sound like bury.

Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.

Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.

Though the differences seem little,

We say actual but victual.

Refer does not rhyme with deafer.

Foeffer does, and zephyr, heifer.

Mint, pint, senate and sedate;

Dull, bull, and George ate late.

Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,

Science, conscience, scientific.


Liberty, library, heave and heaven,

Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.

We say hallowed, but allowed,

People, leopard, towed, but vowed.

Mark the differences, moreover,

Between mover, cover, clover;

Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,

Chalice, but police and lice;

Camel, constable, unstable,

Principle, disciple, label.


Petal, panel, and canal,

Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.

Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,

Senator, spectator, mayor.

Tour, but our and succour, four.

Gas, alas, and Arkansas.

Sea, idea, Korea, area,

Psalm, Maria, but malaria.

Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.

Doctrine, turpentine, marine.


Compare alien with Italian,

Dandelion and battalion.

Sally with ally, yea, ye,

Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.

Say aver, but ever, fever,

Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.

Heron, granary, canary.

Crevice and device and aerie.


Face, but preface, not efface.

Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.

Large, but target, gin, give, verging,

Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.

Ear, but earn and wear and tear

Do not rhyme with here but ere.

Seven is right, but so is even,

Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,

Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,

Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.


Pronunciation -- think of Psyche!

Is a paling stout and spikey?

Won't it make you lose your wits,

Writing groats and saying grits?

It's a dark abyss or tunnel:

Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,

Islington and Isle of Wight,

Housewife, verdict and indict.


Finally, which rhymes with enough --

Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?

Hiccough has the sound of cup.

My advice is to give up!!!
"For what is a man, what has he got. If not himself, then he has naught" - Frank Sinatra
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01-19-2012 06:10 PM
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RE: How Good is Your English?
Wow, this was tricky. I stumbled a few times, myself. Didn't see too many new words, though. Or were it through, thru, true, trough? ... Eeeevil. I'll need to print a copy of this. xD Thanks for sharing!
01-19-2012 06:41 PM
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RE: How Good is Your English?
75%pass rate.
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01-20-2012 12:39 AM
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Tongue RE: How Good is Your English?
Tis a tricky test of verbal troughput. Big Grin
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01-20-2012 01:27 AM
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RE: How Good is Your English?
omg i always fail in English in school and every where
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01-20-2012 02:23 AM
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RE: How Good is Your English?
I scrolled down.. saw too many words.

I decided to rap it, which makes it so much easier for me. Right now.. 100% Pass.

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Stumbled on Sward.. Never heard that word '-'

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I say I got.. 65% '-' While listening to Breaking Benjamin.

There are also words I haven't ever said, so that's what dropped me. I haven't seen some words on there before, so in my honest opinion, I failed.

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RE: How Good is Your English?
74-76 percent. I am very confused with the words I have never heard of.
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RE: How Good is Your English?
75% i willl say
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RE: How Good is Your English?
My English is excellent, thank you very much. And this really wasn't that difficult at all, come on people. Tongue
01-21-2012 10:32 AM
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i got to through ! im so angry now >.<
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(01-21-2012 10:32 AM)Lamb Wrote:  My English is excellent, thank you very much. And this really wasn't that difficult at all, come on people. Tongue
Lol it wasn't difficult at all, I just saw words I haven't learned before or saw so I would most likely stumble on them Big Grin
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RE: How Good is Your English?
Not really that hard but tricky at some parts
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RE: How Good is Your English?
Im no longer american. ._.
Your life just got better. 

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RE: How Good is Your English?
Its not hard, its just rapid pronunciation changes.
Quote: Do you hear the Whisper Men The Whisper Men are near
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Do not hear the Whisper Men whatever else you do
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RE: How Good is Your English?
Bump, more people ought to do this
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RE: How Good is Your English?
OMG, 80% i know
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RE: How Good is Your English?
eh messed up on four words....and since Im pretty sure there are more then 200 of them....98%  for me Tongue

edit: total word count for this challenge is 588...

so I scored 99% (100% if you round up at the halfway mark Tongue)
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RE: How Good is Your English?
There were too many words for my puny dog brain...
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(01-21-2012 10:33 AM)SparrowHawk Wrote:  
(01-21-2012 10:32 AM)Lamb Wrote:  My English is excellent, thank you very much. And this really wasn't that difficult at all, come on people. Tongue
Lol it wasn't difficult at all, I just saw words I haven't learned before or saw so I would most likely stumble on them Big Grin

me too
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